by Gauk
Mon, Jan 8, 2018 10:45 PM

As EVO described, "It's an ambitious fusion of race-bred powertrain and rearl-world competence wrapped up in a modern-day reinvention of the sublime Carrera GT."

Estimate (US$) 1,200,000 - 1,600,000.

4,593cc DOHC V8 Hybrid Engine
887bhp at 8,700rpm
7-Speed Dual Clutch Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Carbon Ceramic Disc Brakes

*Offered by the original owner with only 2,278 miles
*1 of only 294 U.S. specification 918 Spyders built
*Highly optioned with Weissach wheels and Front Axle Lift System
*The ultimate road going Porsche



THE 918 SPYDER

Porsche is without a doubt one of the most successful automobile manufacturers in history. Not only has Porsche won in more or less all sports car and prototype racing events on the planet, but they have also managed to produce some of the most iconic cars in the world. Every car enthusiast has a favorite Porsche and in most collections one will find a broad assortment of this great marque.

Porsche rarely entered the supercar scene, but when they did, it was in absolutely spectacular fashion. In the early 70s, the Porsche 911 Carrera RS dominated racetracks. The 80s saw the technological quantum leap that was named the 959, a turbo charged engineering masterpiece that showed the capabilities of Porsche. Early in the new millennium, Porsche again shook the supercar world with the brutal Carrera GT, which carried a Formula 1-inspired V10 engine and became an instant collectible of engineering and drivability.

After the Carrera GT, however, Porsche didn't make a lot of noise on the supercar scene until the introduction of the 918 Spyder. Shown as a street legal version of the Le Mans RS Spyder at the Geneva Motor show in 2010, Porsche's 918 Spyder boasted a 6:57 time on the legendary Nürburgring. Porsche certainly showed that the new hypercar was the real deal and ready to beat its rivals.

To meet the modern standards of supercars, Porsche had to be creative in the development of the 918 and besides the naturally aspirated 4.6 liter V8 engine, a hybrid system was also engineered. The V8 engine of the 918 produced nearly the same power as the Carrera GT, but on top of that there was 280 horsepower extra on tap from the electric powertrain, powered by two electric motors. Not only did the hybrid system increase fuel efficiency and improve emission, but it also made the 918 incredibly fast. With a 0-60mph time of 2.2 seconds, it is actually the fastest accelerating production car in the world.

To manage this enormous amount of power, Porsche installed a clever four-wheel drive system to transfer the power into movement. They also used a rear-axle steering system, which gave the car a smaller turning circle at low speeds and increased stability at high speeds. With electric motors at both axles, the car was able to recover energy which was normally lost at braking to recharge its own batteries. Like the Carrera GT, the roof can be fully removed so one can experience the 918 as a coupe or in the style of a targa.

As EVO described, "It's an ambitious fusion of race-bred powertrain and rearl-world competence wrapped up in a modern-day reinvention of the sublime Carrera GT."

THE CAR OFFERED

This particular 918 Spyder is number 290 - one of the less than 300 units (just under a third of all production) that was sold to the U.S. market. The one and only owner of this hypercar is a Southern California based Porsche enthusiast who has diligently maintained the car since taking delivery on January 5th, 2015, from Porsche of Newport Beach. The car is finished in a menacing deep Black with an Onyx Black interior, highlighted by Acid Green piping (and Acid Green seat belt accent stripes) - the combination is absolutely stunning and creates a commanding presence. The car is highly optioned with the most notable additions being the ultra-desirable Weissach package magnesium wheels (a $32,500 option), and the front-end-saving electro-pneumatic front-end lift system.

With Just over 2,200 miles, the car is in as-new condition and thanks in part to the optional stone guard, the paint is virtually flawless. All recommended services have been performed on time at the selling dealer, Porsche of Newport Beach, California. Number 290 is supplied with all of its original tools, accessories, and documentation.

With fewer than 300 examples having been sold in the United States, the sale of this perfectly speced, low mileage, single owner, California 918 Spyder presents an incredible opportunity for an intelligent collector to acquire the pinnacle of Porsches road going achievements.

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published by Gauk

 

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